Aquaculture is Agriculture: R.I. Shellfish Management Plan Updates

URI MAF student, Sarina Lyon, takes observations of activities in Point Judith Pond as part of research led by URI researcher Tracey Dalton.

Since the November launch of Rhode Island’s Shellfish Management Plan(SMP), research and outreach efforts have continued, and the SMP stakeholder meeting held at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography on June 25th was an opportunity to share recent progress as well as promote upcoming efforts.

Since the fall, the SMP team has worked to turn many of the numerous policy and research recommendations, such as a Vibrio plan for hard clams, into a reality. With additional shellfish research slated for 2016, the team hopes to continue to work alongside Rhode Island Sea Grant and others to continue producing new knowledge for the benefit of the shellfishing community.

The research agenda [developed by the Shellfish Management Plan] is what drove, in large part, Rhode Island Sea Grant’s 2016 research omnibus, which focuses on shellfish research,” said Azure Cygler, fisheries extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center, noting that while Sea Grant’s research  omnibus also welcomes proposals for fisheries and climate change, it recognizes the importance of funding shellfish research into 2018 because of the science-based recommendations in the SMP.


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